BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Eire’s Democratic Unionist Occasion, which has constantly opposed the introduction of homosexual marriage within the British area, on Friday welcomed the election of its first overtly homosexual candidate.
The DUP, whose 10 seats within the British parliament prop up the federal government of Prime Minister Theresa Might, has repeatedly vetoed homosexual marriage regardless of opinion polls that point out it’s supported by a big majority in Northern Eire.
Alison Bennington was elected to the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, outcomes confirmed.
“It sends out a message that the DUP is open to everybody who indicators as much as the insurance policies of the Democratic Unionist Occasion, as Alison did,” DUP chief Arlene Foster informed Northern Eire’s UTV tv.
“There are people who find themselves uncomfortable, I believe it will be proper to acknowledge that, however as I indicated final week, our coverage in relation to same-sex marriage has not modified,” she stated.
Foster welcomed what she described as a robust displaying within the elections, which come days earlier than deliberate talks between the DUP and Irish nationalist occasion Sinn Fein on restoring Northern Eire’s power-sharing authorities, which collapsed two years in the past.
Early outcomes confirmed comparatively sturdy performances for each events, that are anticipated to compete for first place. The DUP’s rival, the Ulster Unionist Occasion, appeared to have misplaced assist, whereas the non-sectarian Alliance Occasion and Inexperienced Occasion each appeared set to realize seats.
Reporting by Amanda Ferguson and Conor Humphries; Enhancing by Janet Lawrence